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Will Ransomware Attack Make Law Firms 'WannaCry'?

Employees the world over were locked out of their computers on May 12 and over that following weekend as an insidious and widespread cyberattack nicknamed "WannaCry" rolled through the Internet and into headlines. Luckily for U.S. law firms, experts said it was unlikely that this particular ransomware attack hit many of them. However, they fear aftershocks.

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Employees the world over were locked out of their computers on May 12 and over that following weekend as an insidious and widespread cyberattack nicknamed “WannaCry” rolled through the Internet and into headlines. See, “WannaCry Ransomware: What We Know Monday,” NPR.org (May 15, 2017). The ransomware attack, which for now seems to have been halted, encrypts a computer or network’s data and demands $300 in the online currency bitcoin to unlock the data. See, “‘Accidental Hero’ Halts Ransomware Attack and Warns: ‘This Is Not Over,’” The Guardian (May 13, 2017).

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